The Nation

More than 600 Boston school bus drivers prepared to strike over medical benefits and pension plans, but city officials who called the demands "outrageous and unreasonable" said public schools will stay open. The drivers, who have been without a contract since August, planned to begin their strike today, seeking 100% medical insurance, a pension plan and midday safety checks. School Supt. Laval Wilson called the union's demands "outrageous and unreasonable."

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